Cromwell wins women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Guarnier and Johansson round out top three

Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS) won a two-up sprint against Megan Guarnier (Rabobank) to capture the first European race of the season. With two former winners as teammates, Cromwell was part of a three-pronged attack for Orica-AIS at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Patience paid off for the young Australian, who initiated the race winning move between the final two sections of cobbles.

"It's a fantastic team effort," said Cromwell. "Any one of us could take the win today. As always, we supported each other, and I was happy to finish off the job."

The opening hour of racing was a fairly quiet affair. The peloton first split up the Côte de Trieu.

"The race unfolded as we had expected," said Cromwell. "Usually not much happens until around the 50-kilometre mark. Until then, we are just meant to keep out of trouble and ensure we had numbers when the [cobbled] sectors start."

The peloton split into three groups following the Côte de Trieu. The groups came back together. The field split again over the Patersberg. The small groups that formed merged to create a 60-strong lead group ahead of the Edelareberg.

With all eight climbs completed and five cobbled sections yet to come, a 16-rider front group solidified. Orica-AIS was the best represented with Loes Gunnewijk, Emma Johansson and Gracie Elvin joining Cromwell in the move.

"We had representation each time the race split, but nothing was really happening despite all the action," noted Cromwell. "There was a strong headwind, and most teams weren't willing to help force the split."

Cromwell took matters into her own hands with the final pavé sector looming. "We had been using our numbers to our advantage and launching attacks that were going nowhere," said Cromwell. "Finally, I went and Megan came with me. We got a gap immediately but she wasn't working with me. I still considered it a good opportunity, so I worked - maybe a bit too much. Eventually Megan started rolling through. It was enough to hold off the chasing bunch."

Cromwell forced Guarnier to the front in the last kilometre. She came around the American to open up the sprint.

"I started sprinting with 300 metres," Cromwell said. "Megan didn't contest the sprint. I don't think she had anything left."

With a lead-out from Elvin, Johansson won the bunch sprint to take third, giving Orica-AIS two riders on the podium in Ghent. Johansson is a two-time former Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner while Cromwell earned her first Classics victory today.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica - AIS3:34:00 
2Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabo Women Cycling Team0:00:03 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS0:00:12 
4Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team  
5Shelley Olds (USA) Team Tibco - To The Top  
6Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon  
7Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team Tibco - To The Top  
8Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
9Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team  
10Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS  
11Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team  
12Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK0:00:16 
13Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS0:00:22 
14Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:04:39 
15Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata  
16Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata  
17Jade Wilcoxson (USA) USA  
18Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Team  
19Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
20Latoya Brulee (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata  
21Marijn De Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
22Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
23Isabelle Soderberg (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
24Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Rusvelo  
25Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
26Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
27Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
28Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK  
29Iris Slappendel (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team  
30Kristin Mc Grath (USA) USA  
31Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized - Lululemon  
32Claudia Hausler (Ger) Team Tibco - To The Top  
33Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
34Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica - AIS  
35Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team  
36Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
37Martine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:04:47 
38Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda0:06:58 
39Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:07:06 
40Eun Gu Sung (Kor) Orica - AIS  
41Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer0:07:07 
42Celine Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
43Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
44Martina Thomasson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
45Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized - Lululemon  
46Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata  
47Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano  
48Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
49Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
50Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano  
51Mayuko Hagiwara (Jpn) Wiggle Honda  
52Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team  
53Marion Rousse (Fra) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
54Carmen Small (USA) Specialized - Lululemon  
55Madelene Olsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
56Evelyn Arys (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
57Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized - Lululemon  
58Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team  
59Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
60Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Team Tibco - To The Top  
61Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
62Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies0:07:13 
63Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
64Emma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:07:14 
DNFJessie Maclean (Aus) Orica - AIS  
DNFRebecca Talen (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team  
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
DNFCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
DNFMiriam Bjornsrud (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
DNFJessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFMarieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFElena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFElena Bocharnikova (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFAijan Zhaparova (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFLarisa Pankova (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFYulia Blindyuk (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFKseniya Dobrynina (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFMarjolein Claessen (Ned) Endura Lady Force  
DNFHenriette Woering (Ned) Endura Lady Force  
DNFMichelle Geoghegan (Irl) Endura Lady Force  
DNFInes Klok (Ned) Endura Lady Force  
DNFElke Bolangier (Bel) Endura Lady Force  
DNFNatasja Nieuwenhuizen (Ned) Endura Lady Force  
DNFFemke Verstichelen (Bel) Endura Lady Force  
DNFCarolien Haers (Bel) Endura Lady Force  
DNFSteffi Lodewyks (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFKim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
DNFMarlen Johrend (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano  
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Team Argos - Shimano  
DNFEsra Tromp (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano  
DNFKelly Markus (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano  
DNFRochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
DNFJoanna Rowsell (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
DNFAmy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
DNFKimberly Buyl (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
DNFInge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
DNFSamantha Schneider (USA) Team Tibco - To The Top  
DNFSara Mustonen (Swe) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team  
DNFAshlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team  
DNFAlice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team  
DNFJutta Nieminen (Fin) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team  
DNFStella Riverditi (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team  
DNFMirthe Wagenaar (Ned) Team  
DNFAlie Gercama (Ned) Team  
DNFAnouska Koster (Ned) Team  
DNFLaura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Team  
DNFJanine Van Der Meer (Ned) Team  
DNFAurore Verhoeven (Fra) Team  
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFSandrine Bideau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFPascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFManon Souyris (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFOriane Chaumet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFIne Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer  
DNFJessy Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer  
DNFGilke Croket (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer  
DNFStephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer  
DNFAnisha Vekemans (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer  
DNFRotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer  
DNFTessa De Moyer (Bel) Topsport Vlaaderen - Bioracer  
DNFLieselot Decroix (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata  
DNFDaisy Depoorter (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata  
DNFMarissa Otten (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata  
DNFJessica Kihlbom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
DNFMirella Ehrin (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
DNFLinnea Sjoblom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
DNFJohanna Nilsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
DNFElena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFElena Valentini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFJennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFChiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFAsja Paladin (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
DNFJamie Bookwalter (USA) USA  
DNFJacquelyn Crowell (USA) USA  
DNFHeather Fischer (USA) USA  
DNFJanel Holcomb (USA) USA  
DNFLauren De Crescenzo (USA) USA  
DNFKayleigh Brogan (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team  
DNFEileen Roe (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team  
DNFPenny Rowson (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team  
DNFElinor Thorogood (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team  
DNFJane Barr (GBr) Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team  
DNFMariska Breyne (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.  
DNFMarieke Blomme (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.  
DNFSarah Borremans (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.  
DNFMelanie Cattrysse (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.  
DNFKristina Coolens (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.  
DNFAdeline De Vestele (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.  
DNFKim Van Den Steen (Bel) Autoglas Wetteren - Group Solar C.T.  
DNFEvelien Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
DNFLensy Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
DNFValerie Demey (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
DNFValerie Robert (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
DNFShana Van Glabeke (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
DNFSylvia Debboudt (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
DNFKaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Keukens Redant Cycling Team  
DNFEveline Dergent (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFTerry Fremineur (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFLiliane Leenknegt (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFMieke Leeman (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFEvy Roelen (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFHanneke Van Gucht (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFLaure Werner (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen  
DNFAafke Eshuis (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFInge Klep (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFClaudia Koster (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFRozanne Slik (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFJermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  
DNFNathaly Van Wesdonk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg  


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